If I am able to learn one new thing each day in the vast field of entomology, I shall be content. Since I began this Blog, I believe I am achieving my mission. Memo to experienced entomologists: If you find an incorrect identification, could you please set the record straight! All comments will be published and you will be aiding me in my pursuit of knowledge!
This site is a diary of sorts as an ongoing record of butterflies and moths found in my area of Victoria, Australia, but I will also include other insects.
I became interested in butterflies and moths in 2005. In June last year, I decided to undertake a long-term lay study into populations, nectar and larvae host plants, specifically for butterflies but the odd moth is getting in on the act!
Unfortunately, I've noted a decline in butterfly populations in and around my garden over the past two years.
In 2005, common species such as the Australian Painted Lady (Vanessa kershawi) and the Caper White (Belenois java) were in large numbers.
I noticed a decline in butterfly numbers in 2006.
In 2007, they were well down. The Cabbage White (Pieris rapae) may still be recorded as common, but numbers are well down for that butterfly, too.
The Common Grass-blue (Zizina labradus) is well-represented, but by no means prolific this season.
Much of my learning experience has been due to the following:-
I am a recently retired small-scale primary producer.
I've been a keen nature (and animal behaviour) observer for most of my life but now I have the time to direct my energy towards learning much more about the fauna and flora around me.
I'm a keen photographer and I credit the invention of digital photography steering me onto the path I am now so enjoying!